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2013 NBA Mock Draft – The Final Consensus
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 26, 2013 @ 12:30 pm In NBA Draft | No Comments
Each year HOOPSWORLD puts together a team of writers to look at the NBA Draft. The idea here is to illustrate how differently (or similarly) writers from various NBA markets see the 2013 NBA Draft. So with that out of the way…
Here is the final installment for the 2013 NBA Draft:
Alex’s Notebook: Ben McLemore has taken a lot of heat in recent weeks and some have predicted a freefall for him on draft night, but I just can’t see that happening to the 20-year-old shooting guard.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers select Alex Len and the Orlando Magic pick Nerlens Noel, it’s possible that he could fall a few slots lower, but it’s hard to imagine him taking a significant fall down draft boards.
McLemore has been criticized for his work ethic and underwhelming workouts in recent weeks. However, he has no idea where this criticism has come from.
“It’s all about hard work, and I definitely feel that I can be a franchise player for a team,” McLemore said. “I’ve been working each and every day and my mindset is that I want to be great. I don’t just want to be good. With my mindset, athleticism and work ethic, I can be great.
“I’m a workaholic. I like to be in the gym. Sometimes, it’s hard for them to get me out of the gym, because I’m always trying to improve. … In all of these workouts I’ve been going to, I’ve been showing teams that I’ve been working hard. They’ve seen the hard work that I’ve been putting in. And all of these teams have seen me play 32-plus games so they know what I can do. I’m just enjoying the moment and the experience.”
McLemore has enjoyed this pre-draft process and is just looking forward to finding out where he’ll be playing next season.
“I’m doing great,” McLemore said. “It has been a good experience as far as traveling and going to see the different teams. It’s been going well. … The meetings have been going well. All of the meetings that I’ve went to have been great. I’ve met with all of the general managers, vice presidents, coaches and the whole staff. It’s definitely been a great experience.”
At the end of the day, I have him going to Orlando at No. 2.
“I think it would be a good situation for me, but that’s not my decision,” McLemore said of playing for Orlando. “I just have to keep working hard and getting better leading up to the draft. I’m just staying in the gym and getting ready. This process has just been great.”
Yannis’ Notebook: The 2013 NBA Draft is Thursday, but that’s about the only certainty related to it that there is right now.
The lack of a clear cut No. 1 pick has had a trickle-over effect to the rest of the draft. Player’s draft ranges are wider than they usually are at this stage, which sets the table for an interesting draft night.
It’s important to remember draft night is just days before free agency. The moves made on Thursday night will help serve as an indicator of what is next for most teams. The needs that weren’t addressed in the draft will be handled once July 1 arrives.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic are in the best position to walk away with the most talent in the draft, there’s enough depth in this draft class for several other teams to be winners as well. It’s just all about being opportunistic and making the right choices.
Between Eric Bledsoe, Arron Afflalo and Paul Pierce there’s no shortage of veterans on the block either. Something could be imminent on draft night, making a night full of mystery even more intriguing.
Joel’s Notebook: Since this is our last go-round with the mock drafts, I took about three times longer than usual to fill the thing out, and that’s how I ended up with Nerlens Noel at the top of this draft. While there is a case for Ben McLemore or Otto Porter or Alex Len, Noel is still considered by pretty much everyone to be the top prospect in this draft, and the top prospect in the draft typically goes first overall. Len, especially, is getting a lot of buzz, but I’m not buying it. I just can’t imagine anyone other than Noel being selected with that top overall selection.
The toughest call was with Orlando at #2, but I ended up going with Oladipo over McLemore because despite McLemore’s massive upside, Oladipo has a more well-rounded game and could possibly be a better prospect right out of the gate. There have been rumblings for a week or two now that McLemore didn’t have a great interview in Orlando and that the Magic may prefer Oladipo. It will be interesting to see how that pans out on draft night, but I’m going with Victor for now.
Beyond that, the only real surprises are Shane Larkin in the lottery (though even that’s not a huge stretch at this point—he’s really improved his stock of late), and Dennis Schroeder falling all the way to Indiana at pick #23. That would be an excellent situation for the Pacers, who really do need some help at backup point guard. Schroeder’s stock has taken a hit the last few weeks, but he’d be a steal that late, and the Pacers would be thrilled to have him fall there.
I haven’t heard great things about Rudy Gobert, but I don’t see a guy with measurables that impressive falling out of the first round. This is also the first time I’ve had Tony Snell and Isaiah Canaan this high, but teams apparently love both guys and it isn’t a stretch that either would be selected somewhere in the 20s.
All that said, we’re a day away from the draft itself, and that’s when all of these predictions get put to the test. Believe it or not, we’re looking forward to seeing it pan out just as much as you are.
Steve’s Notebook: With the 2013 NBA Draft less than a day away things are still very unsettled at the top of the draft, meaning there are still more questions than answers, but here are some notes on where things stand as of today:
- The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to reach some decisions today on what they will do not only with the top overall pick, but with the 19th pick as well. The Cavs have been aggressive in shopping out their options and may be nearing a deal with the Boston Celtics to acquire Paul Pierce from the Celtics. The Cavs will need to wait until July when the new salary cap kicks in before that can officially acquire Pierce, but the word is the Celtics have scheduled some last minute workouts for second round players, leading many to believe the rumored deal that would send the Cavaliers 2nd round picks to Boston as part of a Pierce package seems to have legs. The Cavs have been aggressive in trying to obtain a serious veteran player and may have a deal. If the Celtics pull the trigger, the Cavaliers will draft players on Boston’s behalf and then consummate the trade in July when the new NBA salary year begins.
- The Orlando Magic are in a holding pattern, mainly because everything they can do with the #2 pick hinges on what happens with Cleveland and the #1. The Magic have reportedly narrowed their shopping list down to three players – Victor Oladipo, Nerlens Noel and surprisingly Cody Zeller. The Magic will likely make their decision once they are on the clock. The Magic also seem to have the framework of a deal with the LA Clippers done that would land them Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler in exchange for guard Arron Afflalo and possibly last year’s 19th pick Andrew Nicholson. There has been talk of a protected 2015 draft pick heading to LA as part of the deal, however it seems the Magic may be unwilling to part with draft assets unless another contract is moved off in the deal. Sources close to the Clippers/Magic situation say that the possible deal hinges on the Clippers agreeing to the deal more so than Orlando. The Magic have also been aggressive in shopping their other options and have entertained offers on the 2nd overall pick. Do not be surprised if Orlando takes the Minnesota Timberwolves up on swapping the #2 for the #9 and the #26, the Wolves are said to be very high on Victor Oladipo.
- The Chicago Bulls have tried to move up in the 2013 NBA Draft but are finding little interest in a deal that does not include moving a core player. There have been rumors linking Luol Deng to top tier picks, however Bulls sources flatly deny that a deal involving Luol is in the works. League sources understand where the denials from Chicago are coming from, but insist that if the right combination of cap clearing and young assets were presented, that Chicago would bite on a deal involving Deng. The Bulls have a wide range of Draft prospects they are interested in. Tim Hardaway Jr has been locked in to the Bulls at #20, however there is a growing belief that Hardaway Jr might not be there for Chicago at #20 and that has prompted them to explore other options including some of the promising bigs on the board.
- Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng may be in for a long night on Thursday, word is several teams have flagged his knees as a problem. Dieng was not red flagged at the Draft Combine in Chicago so this may very well be a small handful of teams looking for a reason to pass on a legit NBA-caliber big man. Perry Jones III was flagged similarly last year and took a massive draft day tumble from a top 10 prospect all the way to 28 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Its unlikely Dieng falls into the second round, but if he does it is because teams were scared off by his knees.
- There are three players that are expected to go significantly higher than may initial projected… the first is South Dakota’s Nate Wolters. The high scoring Wolters has done well in the workout process and teams seem to be buying his stock, making him a real possibility late in the first round. There may be something of a bidding war brewing for Illinois State forward Jackie Carmichael. It is unlikely Carmichael sneaks into the first round, but it is very possible that he goes in the mid 30’s which would be a big leap for a player most have projected in the 40’s and 50’s. Glen Rice Jr, seems to have some late brewing buzz. There has been talk that the NBA’s lone D-League draft prospect could sneak into the first round again. For most of May Rice was pegged as a first round talent and then other players started to knock him down. As the draft approaches teams seem to be a little higher on Rice, mainly because he has proven himself at a higher level. It is still unclear where Rice lands, some say the Nets are interested as are the Knicks. If the late buzz is true Rice could find himself in the late part of the first round and that would be a nice rebound for a player whose stock seemed to be going the other way.
The 2013 NBA Draft takes place on June 27th at 7pm from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.
For the very latest news, notes, rumors and trades make sure to check out the HOOPSWORLD 2013 NBA Draft Day Diary, updated constantly, all the way up to and through the 2013 NBA Draft
So who are these guys?… Alex Kennedy has covered the NBA for four years and covers the NBA from Orlando. Yannis Koutroupis is HOOPSWORLD’s college basketball editor. He has also covered the NBA for seven years and covers the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets and the D-League. Joel Brigham has covered the NBA for eight years and covers the Central Division for HOOPSWORLD including the Bulls and the Pacers. Steve Kyler is the editor and publisher of HOOPSWORLD and has covered the NBA for 13 seasons and has handled the Mock Draft for USA Today Sports for the past three years.
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